The 24th Ambronay EEEMERGING+ Academy

20 period instrumentalists will be conducted by Ophélie Gaillard from the 22nd of June to the 21st of July 2022.


24th Ambronay EEEMERGING+ Academy
The Explorers: Mozart / Haydn / Boccherini



    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
      Symphony n° 17 in G minor, KV. 129 (1772)
    • Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)
      Concerto for cello and orchestra in D major, G.483 (1770) (solo : Ophélie Gaillard)
    • Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
      Symphony n°49 in F minor, Hob I:49 (1768)
    • Luigi Boccherini
      Symphony n°6 in D major, « La Casa del Diavolo », G. 506
      (Excerpts: III. Finale, Andante sostenuto & Allegro con moto) (1771)

This new programme prepared within the framework of the Ambronay Academy allows us to explore a fascinating period in the history of music where the rationality of the Enlightenment as well as the fire of early Romanticism (Empfinsamkeit and Sturm und Drang) irrigate a musical discourse in full mutation.


These masterpieces by Mozart, Boccherini and Haydn, spread over two decades, signal the emergence of revolutionary thinking, first of all on the instrumental level (virtuosity, expressiveness, organological innovation) but also on the formal and philosophical levels (the artist’s personnality bursts onto the scene without warning to give free rein to the expression of feelings). The composers questioned and revisited the form to better reflect the substance of their artistic and civic concerns at the very moment when the birth of democracy was upsetting the European courts. The concern for formal balance structured these freely expressed feelings and composers were thus able to explore new orchestral paths and revolutionise instrumental writing.


A former academician herself and a tireless researcher, Ophélie Gaillard takes up the torch of transmission and chooses as her playground this Europe of the end of the 18th century in full upheaval, from Vienna to Paris via Madrid.


Mutual listening in a spirit of chamber music, artistic and musicological sharing, artistic exchanges at the crossroads of disciplines will be the key words of this immersive work in a unique laboratory in Ambronay. Exchange of energy and knowledge to better capture and share all the flavours of these breathtaking works.


The Academy will be made up of:

21 musicians: 4 violins 1 / 4 violins 2 / 2 violas / 3 cellos (including Ophélie Gaillard) / 1 double bass / 2 oboes / 2 bassoons / 2 horns / 1 historical fortepiano

This includes the members of the EEEMERGING+ ensemble Butter Quartet who will be section leaders:
Anna Jane Lester, violin 1 / Chloe Prendergast, violin 2 / Isabel Franenberg, viola / Evan Buttar, cello



22nd of June – 6th of July 2022: training session in Pavia (Italy)
6th – 21st of July 2022: European tour


Learn all there is to know about Ophélie Gaillard by clicking on her photo!


The Academy

Since its creation in 1993, the EEEMERGING+ Academy has been an important step in the development of young European artists at the beginning of their careers. The Academy is now part of the EEEMERGING+ (European Eeemerging Ensembles) project, including one or more young ensembles as well as individual talents selected from all over Europe. In 23 editions, more than 1 000 artists, instrumentalists, singers and dancers have participated in the Academy.


Previous conductors of the Academy include

Jordi Savall, William Christie, Christophe Coin, Christophe Rousset, Ton Koopman, Gabriel Garrido, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Paul McCreesh, Hervé Niquet, Jean Tubery, Serge Saitta, Martin Gester, Sigiswald Kuijken, Leonardo García Alarcón, Enrico Onofri et Paul Agnew.


Previous Academy participants include

Instrumentalists: Leonardo García Alarcón, Sébastien Daucé, Sébastien d’Herin, Vincent Dumestre, Héloise Gaillard, Ophélie Gaillard, Mira Glodeanu, Frederick Haas, Ariana Savall…
Singers: Marc Callahan, Sophie Daneman, Karine Deshayes, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Mariana Flores, Sophie Karthauser, Ingrid Perruche, Patricia Petibon, Mélodie Ruvio, Raphaël Pichon…